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Posted on Wednesday 16 January 2013

AllTrials campaign raises the game on clinical-trial transparency
PharmaTimes
by Peter Mansell
January 10, 2013

James Lind MD [1716-1794]The push from the UK for wholesale transparency of clinical-trial data has taken on a new dimension with the launch of the AllTrials public campaign. An accompanying petition – already close to 3,000 over 7,000 signatures at the time of writing – calls on governments, regulators and research bodies to put in place measures ensuring that “all trials past and present” are registered and “the full methods and the results” reported. The initiative follows last month’s call by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for submissions on transparency and the disclosure of study data as part of a broader inquiry into clinical trials.

Among the campaign backers are some familiar names in the recent drive for clinical-data transparency: Bad Science – i.e., epidemiologist and Bad Pharma author Dr Ben Goldacre; the BMJ; the James Lind Initiative; and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. Joining them in the campaign is Sense About Science, a UK-based charitable trust that works in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policymakers, the public and the media to change public discussions about science and evidence.

Sense About Science director Tracey Brown commented: “Everybody agrees that all clinical trials should be registered, and that we should at the very least have access to the basic results, and ideally the full Clinical Study Reports. But there have been years of foot-dragging and non-compliance with requirements.” Government and regulators “must listen to what the public thinks about this”, Brown insisted. “It’s a vital matter of public interest for the medicine we have now and the medicines we might have in the future”…
That red folder icon in the upper left of this page takes you to the accompanying  petition they’re talking about.  It says:
    •Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.
    •Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily on people and animals.
    •All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.
    •We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.
It’s not perfect, doesn’t say everything I would want it to say. But it’s realistic and simply insists on people actually doing what has already been mandated [and a little bit more]. It would be more than enough to keep researchers honest and doctors accurately informed. If you agree, click it and sign it…
Supporting Organizations

James Lind? He’s the 18th centery Naval Surgeon who did the first real controlled clinical trial – citrus fruits for Scurvy [he published his data and did a literature review]…
  1.  
    EE
    January 16, 2013 | 3:56 PM
     

    Signed. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  2.  
    Cam
    January 16, 2013 | 6:03 PM
     

    Maybe take a look the entry at sourcewatch.org for Sense about Science before signing?

  3.  
    January 16, 2013 | 11:13 PM
     

    Thanks Cam. See SourceWatch under Funding [lots of PHARMA $]. I wrote AllTrials to ask about that…

  4.  
    January 17, 2013 | 1:50 AM
     

    Have promoted it on PharmaGossip. Cheers

  5.  
    berit bj
    January 17, 2013 | 11:29 AM
     

    Bless you, Cam. I looked it up. They are CYA (I had to look that one up, too. Thanks, Mickey) bigtime! Pfizer etc. and psychopharmacologists in UK. Not signing. Citizens are in need of clean, unadulterated initiatives to force governments to enact legislation stopping the profitdriven marketing of drugs that do more harm than good, and incite revolt at the very influencial FDA, to make that agency attend to public interests more than corporations in a hurry to save reputation and bottom lines. In whose pocketts are the FDA fed?

  6.  
    January 17, 2013 | 4:38 PM
     

    I’m all for data transparency but it will take humans to analyze it to find whatever truth it contains. Now, far too few dedicated people, Dr. Mickey being one of them, are even trying to look under the hood.

    Oh, well, Ben Goldacre is only 39…..

  7.  
    Annonymous
    January 17, 2013 | 9:54 PM
     

    1BOM,

    Can see a further breakdown of Sense about Science funding here:
    http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/funding.html
    That breakdown does not dampen my enthusiasm for the message or the messengers. Thank you for bringing the AllTrials petition to our attention.

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